Sweden

Swedish Jewish woman is applying for asylum in her own country

By Nathalie Rothschild, November 21, 2013

Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, a member of Sweden’s Jewish community and an adviser to Sweden’s Liberal Party, plans to submit an asylum application to the Swedish Migration Board this week.

She said she wants authorities to extend to Jews the kind of protection afforded to others who have well-founded reasons to fear persecution due to their religious beliefs.

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Sweden’s Council of Jewish Communities criticised for not protesting possible circumcision ban

By Nathalie Rothschild, October 3, 2013

Calls to ban circumcision resurfaced in Sweden last week.

The right-wing Sweden Democrats tabled a bill to criminalise non-medical circumcision, and the children’s ombudsman — together with representatives of several healthcare bodies — published an opinion piece in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter claiming that circumcision contravenes human rights.

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Swedish MPs propose circumcision ban

By Charlotte Oliver, September 25, 2013

A motion to ban the circumcision of males younger than 18, unless for medical purposes, has been presented to the Swedish parliament.

Two members of the right-wing, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party brought the motion forward on Tuesday. Their party, which holds only 20 of the 349 seats in parliament, argues it is the next step after Sweden’s ban on female genital mutilation.

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Holocaust rescue ship now Norfolk pub and music venue

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 24, 2013

A ship used as a floating bar and restaurant in Norfolk helped rescue Danish Jews in the Holocaust, it has been revealed.

The Albatros was Europe’s last functioning cargo sailing ship until 2008, when it made its final commercial voyage.

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Sweden's right royal gaffe?

By Natalie Rothschild, August 22, 2013

Sweden’s royal couple have come under fire for posing in keffiyehs during a visit to a northern Swedish town as part of the King’s 40th jubilee celebrations.

The scarves featured images of the al-Aqsa mosque and Arabic writing, which translates as: “Our Aqsa and not their temple”.

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Protest targets Israel's Eurovision singer

By Nathalie Rothschild, May 20, 2013

Israeli singer Moran Mazor was under heavy security protection during her stay in Malmö, Sweden, where she competed in the Eurovision Song Contest. Israeli journalists told Swedish radio that they were followed by a group of young men who said they wanted to bomb the Israelis' hotel rooms.

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Malmo braced for multiple demos ahead of Eurovision

By Nathalie Rothschild, May 3, 2013

Pro-Palestine groups in Malmö, Sweden, are planning a series of actions to protest against Israel’s participation in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, which the city will host in May.

Other Malmö residents are planning a “kippah march” on the day of the Eurovision final to protest against antisemitism.

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Swedish opposition party hit by hate row

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 18, 2013

Sweden’s Social Democrat party is in crisis after it was forced to remove the Swedish Islamic Society president Omar Mustafa from its board just six days after his appointment.

The party came under fire after an anti-racism magazine drew attention to Mr Mustafa’s links to notorious antisemites and virulent anti-Zionists.

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Theatre plan to counter Malmo hate

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 21, 2013

After witnessing growing segregation and tensions among young people in Malmo, Sweden’s third city, entrepreneur Daniel Sachs and Social Democrat politician Luciano Astudillo decided to intervene.

Through their newly-launched initiative, ‘The Future Generation’, the two partners hope to encourage youths to build a common future, Mr Sachs said.

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Malmo: 480 crimes, 0 convictions

By Natalie Rothschild, January 10, 2013

Out of a record 480 reported hate crimes in Malmo between 2010 and 2011, only 16 led to an indictment and none led to a conviction, according to statistics from the Swedish Crime Prevention Council. None of the 44 antisemitic hate crimes reported in Malmo in the two-year period even made it to a prosecutor.

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